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Adelita (A Mexican Cinderella Story)

Tomie dePaola

2002    (Puffin Books)

Hace mucho tiempo—a long time ago—there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity—a beautiful rebozo—shawl. With the rebozo in place of a glass slipper, this favorite fairy [...]

Hace mucho tiempo—a long time ago—there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity—a beautiful rebozo—shawl. With the rebozo in place of a glass slipper, this favorite fairy tale takes a delightful twist. Tomie dePaola's exquisite paintings, filled with the folk art of Mexico, make this a Cinderella story like no other. [less]

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Brazil in Brief (Fourth Edition)

Brazilian Embassy

1999    48 Pages   

Informative details on Brazil with Contents in: Land, People, History, Political Institutions, Economy, Agriculture, Industrial Development, Transportation, Education and Culture, Architecture, Sports, Food & Drink [...]

Informative details on Brazil with Contents in:
Land, People, History, Political Institutions, Economy, Agriculture, Industrial Development, Transportation, Education and Culture, Architecture, Sports, Food & Drink [less]

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Brazil (Library of Nations)

Editors of Time-Life Books

1986    160 Pages    (Time-Life Books)

Looks at the history of Brazil, describes its government, economy, religions, and culture, and discusses problems Brazil will face in the future

Looks at the history of Brazil, describes its government, economy, religions, and culture, and discusses problems Brazil will face in the future [less]

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Caribbean Connections: Jamaica (Classroom Resources for Secondary Schools)

Catherine A. Sunshine, Deborah Menkart

1991    (Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA), Network of Educators' Commitees on Central America)

The works of noted song writers, poets, and authors such as Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Louise Bennett, and Bob Marley are featured. The sections and articles include: Brief History of Jamaica (Arawak, Maroons, colonialism, independence, and neo-colonialism), Anansi, Brer Rabbit, and the Folk Tradition, Marcus Garvey Movement, African Roots of Jamaican Heritage, From Rasta to Reggae, Poetry, Women’s Theatre in Jamaica The literature and essays are relevant today. Ideal for high school [...]

The works of noted song writers, poets, and authors such as Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Louise Bennett, and Bob Marley are featured.

The sections and articles include:
Brief History of Jamaica (Arawak, Maroons, colonialism, independence, and neo-colonialism), Anansi, Brer Rabbit, and the Folk Tradition, Marcus Garvey Movement, African Roots of Jamaican Heritage, From Rasta to Reggae, Poetry, Women’s Theatre in Jamaica

The literature and essays are relevant today. Ideal for high school language arts, social studies, and global studies. [less]

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Carnaval

George Ancona

1999    (Harcourt Brace & Company)

Text and photographs present the traditions and rituals of the annual celebration of Carnaval as experienced in the small Brazilian city of Olinda.

Text and photographs present the traditions and rituals of the annual celebration of Carnaval as experienced in the small Brazilian city of Olinda. [less]

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Cendrillon (A Caribbean Cinderella)

Robert D. San Souci, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

1998    (Aladdin Paperbacks)

Adapted from a traditional Creole story, this fresh retelling captures all the age-old romance and magic of Cinderella, melding it with the vivid beauty of the Caribbean and the musical language of the islands. (Ages 5-10) [...]

Adapted from a traditional Creole story, this fresh retelling captures all the age-old romance and magic of Cinderella, melding it with the vivid beauty of the Caribbean and the musical language of the islands.
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Children of the World: Guatemala

Ronnie Cummins

1990    64 Pages    (Gareth Stevens Children's Books)

Guatemala introduces young readers to Maria, a Mayan Indian girl who lives in a village on Lake Atitlán. Maria is in the fourth grade and wants to become a teacher. Guatemala also features a bibliography, research topics, activity projects, and descriptions of its government and its capital, Guatemala City.

Guatemala introduces young readers to Maria, a Mayan Indian girl who lives in a village on Lake Atitlán. Maria is in the fourth grade and wants to become a teacher. Guatemala also features a bibliography, research topics, activity projects, and descriptions of its government and its capital, Guatemala City. [less]

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Enciclopedia Brown: Arresta al Culpable

Donald J. Sobol

1967    103 Pages    (Editorial Molino)

Encyclopedia Brown Spanish version

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Making Home in Havana

Cecelia Lawless, Photographs by Vincenzo Pietropaolo

2002    (Rutgers University Press)

Making Home in Havana is an elegant book of photographs and testimonies, recording, questioning, and evoking the meaning of place — in particular, the search for home and place in Havana, a splendid city that has been in a state of physical decline for decades. Much of the extraordinary architecture of this historic city is rapidly disappearing. As Cuban society finds itself at a crossroads, Havana is more than ever a city on the edge: frozen in time as a consequence of Fidel Castro's [...]

Making Home in Havana is an elegant book of photographs and testimonies, recording, questioning, and evoking the meaning of place — in particular, the search for home and place in Havana, a splendid city that has been in a state of physical decline for decades.

Much of the extraordinary architecture of this historic city is rapidly disappearing. As Cuban society finds itself at a crossroads, Havana is more than ever a city on the edge: frozen in time as a consequence of Fidel Castro's revolution, yet not been well preserved. Time, climate, and neglect have eroded one of the most unique architectural legacies in the Americas, making the need to document this heritage even more pressing than ever before.

The combination of fine photography and the words of the residents of Havana themselves, the photographer and the author convey the essence of what home means to the inhabitants of the El Vedado and Centro Habana neighbourhoods. It is a visual story of how a building or a structure of a house evolves into a “home” through its human history as well as its architectural features.

Residents of Havana tell their stories of lifelong efforts to turn decay into beauty, in poignant words recorded by the author. The photographer's moving documentary portraits interspersed with his evocative colour pictures of the buildings, enable us to feel exactly what they are talking about-a creation of time and space called home. [less]

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Maravillosa Colombia (Spanish Edition)

Various

1976    204 Pages    (Circulo de Lectores)

Una visión inédita de su espíritu, sus tierras, sus hombres, su pasado y su presente

Una visión inédita de su espíritu, sus tierras, sus hombres, su pasado y su presente [less]

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Tonight is Carnaval

Arthur Dorros

1991    (Dutton Children's Books)

A lively and colorful story about a young boy's preparations for Carnaval in the Andean mountains of Peru is accompanied by reproductions of arpilleras by the members of the Club de Madres Virgen del Carmen of Lima.

A lively and colorful story about a young boy's preparations for Carnaval in the Andean mountains of Peru is accompanied by reproductions of arpilleras by the members of the Club de Madres Virgen del Carmen of Lima. [less]

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Tortilla Factory, The

Gary Paulsen, Paintings by Ruth Wright Paulsen

1995    (Voyager Books; Harcourt, Inc.)

In clear and eloquent language, Gary Paulsen pays tribute to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla. Workers till the black soil, operate the clanking machinery of the factory, and drive the trucks that deliver the tortillas back into the hands that will plant the yellow seeds. With Ruth Wright Paulsen’s expressive paintings, The Tortilla Factory brings forth the poetry and beauty of a simple way of life. “This title is beautiful to look at, and will also fit nicely into units on [...]

In clear and eloquent language, Gary Paulsen pays tribute to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla. Workers till the black soil, operate the clanking machinery of the factory, and drive the trucks that deliver the tortillas back into the hands that will plant the yellow seeds. With Ruth Wright Paulsen’s expressive paintings, The Tortilla Factory brings forth the poetry and beauty of a simple way of life. “This title is beautiful to look at, and will also fit nicely into units on food, regional culture, art, and many other topics.”--School Library Journal [less]

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Trekking Colombia

Andrés Hurtado García

2012    309 Pages    (Villegas editores)

Alucinante periplo visual que es un diálogo de amor con la naturaleza colombiana y un testimonio de apego por sus tierras y aguas, sus desiertos y selvas, sus nieves y páramos, pero, sobre todo, por sus montañas, esas moles enormes de las que el autor se prendó desde niño en su nativo Quindío. Un libro que nos instala en un país cuya belleza difícilmente creíamos real. tal es la magnitud de esta exploración. Por senderos que el autor elige, descubrimos raras faunas y desconocidas [...]

Alucinante periplo visual que es un diálogo de amor con la naturaleza colombiana y un testimonio de apego por sus tierras y aguas, sus desiertos y selvas, sus nieves y páramos, pero, sobre todo, por sus montañas, esas moles enormes de las que el autor se prendó desde niño en su nativo Quindío. Un libro que nos instala en un país cuya belleza difícilmente creíamos real. tal es la magnitud de esta exploración. Por senderos que el autor elige, descubrimos raras faunas y desconocidas floras. Por primera vez para muchos, allí están los inverosímiles "barrigones" del Chicamocha, unas fascinantes ceibas de formas casi humanizadas. Pero, además, los textos de este segundo libro de Andrés Hurtado con Villegas Editores, le confieren a la obra un tono íntimo deleitable. [less]

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